Ruidoso Downs, NM – September 2, 2013 – Carrtels Big Gun, a colt by Corona Cartel out of the Grade 1-winning Dash Ta Fame mare Five Bar Molly, sold for $350,000 to top this year’s Ruidoso Select QH Yearling Sale, held August 30-September 1 at the Ruidoso Horse Sale Pavilion at Ruidoso Downs.

Cartels Big Gun (Hip No. 119) was consigned by Burns Ranch of Menifee, California and acquired by Dr. Ed Allred, a 12-time AQHA champion breeder and the owner of Los Alamitos Racecourse in California. The colt’s dam, Five Bar Molly, won three graded stakes from 2000-07, including the ‘07 Vessels Maturity (G1) at Los Alamitos.

Cartel’s Big Gun is a full brother to Five Bar Cartel, the winner of the June 13, $1,111,000 Ed Burke Million Futurity (G1) at Los Alamitos. The colt’s half sister, the Strawfly Special filly Fly Bar Special, won the 2008 California Breeders’ Matron Stakes (RG2) at Los Alamitos.

The sale’s second-highest seller, the Mr Jess Perry colt Rhythm Of Rain (Hip No. 453), was acquired for $260,000 by Terry Stennett. Consigned by Julianna Hawn Holt of Blanco, Texas, Rhythm Of Rain is out of the winning 6-year-old Corona Cartel mare Love Samba, a finalist in the 2009 All American (G1) and Rainbow (G1) futurities and a half sister to the Grade 3-placed Mr Eye Opener gelding My Man Valentine.

Stennett also signed the ticket for the sale’s third-highest seller, Heartsobold (Hip No. 449), a Corona Cartel colt consigned by Holt. Heartsobold is the second foal produced by Heartswideopen, an 8-year-old mare by Feature Mr Jess who won the 2007 All American Futurity (G1) and was a two-time AQHA champion.

It was a mixed-results Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale with the median rising 20 percent and the average price dipping 7.4 percent from the record average set last year.

The median is the price at which half of the horses offered sold for more money and the other half of the horses sold brought less money. The median price this year was $30,000, up from $25,000 last year.

The average for the entire sale was $41,161 per yearling, off 7.4 percent from the record set in 2012.

The third and final session on Sunday night was off 4.1 percent from last year’s final session.

The McKinney family’s Reliance Ranches LLC of Llano, Texas, was the sale’s leading buyer with 12 purchases for a total of $1,107,000. Reliance Ranches paid $220,000 for SC Divas Cartel (Hip No. 345), a colt by Corona Cartel out of two-time AQHA champion aged mare Spit Curl Diva.

6666 Ranch of Guthrie, Texas, led all consignors and agents with 27 yearlings grossing $1,579,000. Corona Cartel, a 19-year-old stallion by Holland Ease and the leading living sire of money earners, was the leading sire by average, as he was represented by 33 yearlings sold for an average of $89,364, as well as four of the top five sellers.

This year’s Select Yearling Sale was preceded by a Crystal Springs Farm dispersal sale, which was held August 30. The sale was topped by 2008 champion broodmare My Dashing Lady, a 17-year-old daughter of two-time world champion Dash For Cash who was purchased for $280,000 by Rafter W Stables. The winner of the 1999 Rainbow Derby (G1) at Ruidoso Downs, My Dashing Lady is the dam of AQHA champions Noconi and Brenda Beautiful.